The Heroes Autographed Xbox 360 is gone!

Some of you may remember that, back in December, I won an Xbox 360 that was autographed by the cast and crew of the TV Series Heroes. You may also remember me mentioning U360 cares – after a young lad saved up all his monies and then had his Xbox stolen shortly after he himself bought it! Well, after months of staring at a pretty autographed box… but not really doing anything with it, I decided it was time to put it to use.

I will let my good buddy DeaconBlade360 fill you in on the details over at Unscripted360.com.

Gamer Charity Alert: Can you spare $6.12?


Here’s another long winded post – but enjoy it. Most of you know I’m always on the hunt for good news. I love to do good things, to try and prove to people that not everyone who plays a video game becomes a serial killer.

In the vain of good things, I am working on a pretty big thing right now. But until the right time comes for that announcement, I’m going to keep it mostly under wraps. But that doesn’t mean that nothing’s going on in the world of good.

TXPaladin. You may remember the name from an early Better Know a Gamer. He contacted me a few hours ago. He’s up to something pretty spectacular. He and his wife, actually.

TXPaladin’s wife, Edith, will be taking part in a charity 3-day walk against Breast Cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is putting on this walk, and donations are currently being sought. TXPaladin’s wife entered this charity event, but now our Texan friend is putting a spin on it. In order to help his wife raise a $2,200 pledge, he is trying to seek out 360 individuals willing to donate $6.12 each. That already sounds fun, different, and honorable, but there’s more. Your donation of $6.12 entitles you to be entered in to a drawing. The winner will receive a prize pack fit for a hero.

The $6.12 divided over 360 people will raise a small excess of the target amount, but I’m not about to write a check for $6.1111111 and see what the bank does next. 😉 And while he does say he is looking exclusively for Xbox gamers, I’m sure any donation is welcome, even those from PS3 owners, Wii owners, or any short of or in excess of $6.12. It’s charity, for goodness sake, people! 🙂

This is where it gets personal. My grandmother is a 10+ year (closer to 15 now) survivor of breast cancer! I have done work in the past to combat cancer; but every chance I get, you can bet I will show my support. I will do my best to assist TXPaladin in recruiting more for the prize pack, but even if my efforts are fruitless, he can count on my donation… I just have to pay my electric bill, first. 😉 Hey, back off! What good is a Gamertag without electricity?

Meanwhile, I am working on a top-secret project to try and be a hero of my own.

Until then, I’m going to help show The Power of 360.

[update 1] GT at E3: Live Coverage…


Since I am going to be insanely busy over the next week, and don’t have any personal connections attending E3, I wanted to give everyone a heads up as to where they could find some of the latest information about E3. GameTrailers.com says they will be providing all of the exclusive coverage of E3. You can even scroll down to check their schedule of events. As the events are happening, you can choose which one you wish to watch, as it is streamed out over the internet. That’s my understanding, at least.

Also, may we not forget that the beloved Xbox “Bringing it Home” series will be doin’ what they do during E3 2008.

Update 1: Our buddy DeaconBlade 360 will be hosting a live show to discuss the MS Keynote at E3. Follow the link for the time and details on how to listen, or even to call in!

The award goes to Sony for most creative Spin!


I had a late day at work, then relaxed with a HD-DVD viewing experience on my beloved Xbox 360. But as I powered on my Playstation 3 tonight, I was greeted with a message – it wanted me to perform a system update. It seems that Firmware 2.41 has been released today.

I expected to fix those nasty problems we heard about, late last week. Well, rest easy, now that SCEA is back from the holiday (what was SCEJ doing?). Well, before installing it, I wanted a little more assurance that it was ready to go, so I loaded up the official Playstation blog. In the most carefully spun story of the week, Sony wrote:

“As many of you know, we released PS3 firmware update v2.40 last week, but had to take it offline temporarily because, for a limited number of users, the XMB wouldn’t display after the update was installed.

And they aren’t just talking about the new “in-game” XMB (Cross Media Bar) – they mean the main menu of the console. 😉 No games, no BluRay movies, no nothing. Creative wording, trying to downplay the seriousness of the problems – but at least a fix finally arrived. As I was writing this, I was downloading and installing the update, myself. I’m at the main menu (which finally has a time and date!) – and it appears that not a single one of my friends has found any trphies, yet. Looks like we all have to get started!

Additional note, anyone looking for me on the Playstation network shouldn’t have a hard time finding me, I go by NuAngel on there, as well.

[Update 1] Does this have anything to do with Bungie? We doubt it.

With other sites jumping on the bandwagon, I highly doubt this piece of news has anything to do with Bungie, or Halo Wars.

Rumors are floating that the website 1019FoxFM is a count down to the latest Bungie project. Now, according to the Xbox360Fanboy, they have searched the internet and come up with a paper trail suggesting that the site is or once was a pirate radio station, including now defunct myspace accounts and streaming radio stations.

Now, I know, “rising from the ashes” seems like a bit of a “Phoenix” reference (the previously reported name of the UNSC ship you will be following throughout the story of Halo Wars). And it’s true that there are an awful lot of 7’s on the website for this “Fox FM.” But no matter how good viral advertising is, they aren’t usually that good at trying to take you off the right path.

Xbox 360 Fanboy claims to have done a WHOIS, and come up with a name and a City. Those details match information found in the source code of the page itself. It also describes the return of an Indie radio station. You can see it below.


meta name=”generator” content=”Yahoo! SiteBuilder/2.5/1.6.0_01″
meta name=”author” content=”James Lace Clark”
meta name=”description” content=”This is an Internet Rock Station that airs several shows and more. We are Uncensored, and play Metal, Rock, Alternative, Independant Station based out of Burlington, North Carolina.”
meta name=”keywords” content=”Rock, Lace, Midnight, Shows, Fox FM, 101.9, Independant Station, Burlington, NC,”

James Clark, Burlington, North Carolina, USA. Now I know these Viral Advertising things have gotten good, but really – Yahoo! Site Builder, and all of this clear attempt to pose as a radio station? I firmly believe that it IS a radio station, trying to work its way up the Google rankings, and get noticed. The use of the number 7 is pure coincidence (Bungie didn’t make the movie Se7en, either), and could even be intentionally playing on the popularity of Bungie Day.

Don’t take this the wrong way, I hope to be proven wrong, I just don’t see this turning into an E3 “gotcha!” moment.

Update 1: If this was supposed to be an E3 moment, it failed, as the counter on 1019FoxFM.net has reset to 24 days and change. Wonder if they’re having a hard time with their FCC license? 😉